Harrodsburg graduates 36 seniors

June 01, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - Members of the Harrodsburg High School Class of 2004 received their diplomas Sunday afternoon in a ceremony at Harrodsburg Baptist Church.

Betty Sims, supervisor of instruction in the Harrodsburg school system, was the commencement speaker.

Sims, who has been with the graduates in one capacity or another since their kindergarten days, urged them to make a difference with their lives.

She spoke of the characteristics of success and named members of the class who already possess those qualities. Those qualities include hard work, dependability, living your dreams, living life with passion and living life sunny side up.

Speeches by Valedictorian Robbie Merriman and Salutatorian Katie Hudson touched on some of the qualities mentioned by Sims.

Hudson, who spoke first, said, "We have never been known as the class full of best friends, but as the class full of individuals that wish to pursue their own dreams. Now is your chance to show your classmates what your dreams entail. Do not allow anyone or any obstacles to stand in the way of your goals."


"I am a believer that we should do everything in our power to use our God-given abilities the best way we can," Merriman said.

"I know we have all failed at this at some point in our lives, but we should truly strive to live this life the best we can because we only get one shot.

"I think we should also follow our hearts and our dreams. ... Although this class may not always seem motivated and up to par, I assure you this is a class that finds a way to get the job done. We have done it for 13 years. If we want something, we will do it and do it right."

Special music for the ceremony was supplied by the Harrodsburg High School band, Merriman, Jeremy Kwiek, Chasity Johnson, Jessica Jones, Dominique Thompson and David Napier. Josh Anderson introduced Sims, and Abigail Dunn gave the benediction.

The graduates

Members of the Harrodsburg High School Class of 2004 are:

Monty Joshua Anderson, Kenneth Merle Atkinson, Tequila Jay Bartleson, Ty Jordan Bartleson, Chantal Brooke Bennett, Jeffery Alan Bivins, Jessica Erin Jones Blackburn, Amanda Rose Bottom, Johnathon Bowman, Tina Michelle Brewster, Mariqus Tarae Brown, John David Burton, Noah Wilson Burton, Kortnie Elizabeth Carroll, Aaron David Catlett, Abbigail Savannah Dunn, Mark Jeffrey Dunn, Amber Lynnette Star Ellis, Michael Marlin Harris, Katie Layne Hudson, Chasity Laynette Johnson, Jeremiah Matthew Kwiek, David Ray Lockwood, William Massie, Robin Dale Merriman, David Leland Napier, Stephen Clinton Noel, Gabriela Perez Hernandez, Michael Paul Pittman, LaTasha Jovan Sanders, Dominique LaWanda Thompson, James Bradley VanDiver, Mary Danielle Watts, Christina Marie Whittamore, Lindsay Mae Wright and Japhneia Jamilla Young.

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